The latest awardees of Delaware’s EDGE Grant for small businesses have been announced. In this third round, there are now twice as many Entrepreneur Class recipients on the $25,000 track, while five STEM startups will receive $100,000 grants.
EDGE — an acronym for Encouraging Development, Growth and Expansion — matches the investment of promising early-stage businesses less than five years old, with the goal to level the playing field with their larger, established competitors.
Check out the awardees below, a few of which have been covered by Technical.ly in recent months. Click on the links to read our most recent story on them:
- Desikant Technologies (Wilmington) — A big winner at Startup302 earlier this year, Desikant founder Kwaku Temeng has developed a line of thermoregulation “smart garments.”
- Curative Sciences (Newark) — An early stage startup focused on light-based therapy and oral care products for managing oral side effects of cancer therapy
- Resonate Forward (Newark) — Located at University of Delaware’s STAR Campus, Resonate forward develops technology to help mitigate the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease.
- Neggster (Wilmington) — Founded by Kasai Guthrie, Neggster is a banking app that aims to bring financial services to unbanked people around the world.
- Aqua Science (Newark) — Creators of a BioLight product line for municipalities and companies to test for toxicity in water and soil in order to adhere to applicable regulations.
- Doña Maria’s Pupuseria (Seaford) — A Salvadoran restaurant in Seaford, Doña Maria has plans to expand and enhance its outdoor dining experience.
- Elite Feet (Middletown) — A family-owned and operated retail specialty footwear store that has plans to launch a trailer-based mobile retail store
- Taco Jardin (Smyrna) — Charles “Cheeks” Kelchner’s taco truck is located at Painted Stave Distilling in Smyrna, with plans to purchase another truck to serve Kent County.
- Paragon Life and Fitness (Wilmington) — An inclusive fitness provider, founder Vickie George plans to open a fitness facility that will accommodate people with physical disabilities.
- Grail Sports (Elsmere) — Eugene Delle Donne has plans to renovate the lower level of the Grail Sports Complex in Elsmere to allow them to offer expanded youth programs.
- 1440 Film Co. (Wilmington) — With a studio located on Market Street, 1440 Film Co. is a full-service video production company that gives a selected nonprofit a free film project annually.
Tempest Risk Management (Wilmington) — Tempest Risk Management plans to launch a portal for Delaware’s small and medium business owners, giving them instant access to critical resources when they are needed during a business emergency or disruption.
- Brimming Horn Meadery (Milton) — Meadery founders Jon Talkington and JR Walker plan to open a Viking-themed food truck to complement their meads.
- Gingham + Grace Clothing (Harbeson) — The clothing retailer has plans to hire a new employee and invest in new inventory.
- Delaware Tool Exchange (Newark) — This veteran-owned tools and equipment consignment business is ready to grow into a second location.